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was really good reason to take note today. >> and i've often had to report bad news during the course of this year, as the recession wreaked havoc on people's lives. but today is an encouraging day. we learned that the economy actually produced a substantial number of jobs instead of losing a substantial number of jobs. we are beginning to turn the corner. >> we are beginning to turn the corner. the new jobs numbers out today revealed that last month, the month of march was the single best month for jobs in the last three years. instead of hemorrhaging jobs at a breakneck rate, the u.s. economy is beginning to create jobs. a significant number of them. to understand where we are right now, you've got to put that in context, and for that, we have enlisted the help of kent, tonight, playing the part of vanna white. what you're looking at over there with kent on the big wall
is a giant graph. it shows job losses during the final year of the bush administration, during 2008. as you can see there, each month of 2008 was pretty much worse than the last. in september of 2008, when the meltdown was in full effect, the u.s. economy lost about 450,000 jobs. then in october, another 55,000 jobs. then in november, another 730,000 jobs. during president bush's final month in office, january of 2009, the u.s. economy lost a pretty staggering 779,000 jobs. one month, 779,000 jobs lost. that's what the current president was handed when he came into office. essentially freefall. what happened next? okay, kenlt. now the vanna white skills big time. another bad month for jobs, more than 720,000 lost.
march, same deal. another 750,000 jobs gone. okay, now watch what happens. in april of 2009, the job losses begin to taper off. in may, the news gets a little better. the fewest number of jobs lost in nine months. june, that trend reverses a bit, about 500,000 jobs lost that month. then july hits, and we're going in the right direction here, 346,000 jobs lost that month. august, about 200,000 jobs lost. this is what we've been calling the bikini graph. although i profess not to see it, the staff of "the rachel maddow show" insists to me that when much of america looks at this graph, what they see is -- a bikini bottom. sort of. i know it's weird, but steve bennett at washingtonmonthly.com
started graphing the job losses like this, the first friday of each month. we kept talking about the first friday of the month job loss numbers, and nobody -- when we started talking about the bikini graph, well, whoa, let's do this on every show. so, all right, bikini, yeah. thank you. so back to the numbers. so something pretty notable happens in november of last year. kent, can you put that up there? there we go. for the first time in 23 months, almost two years, the economy gains jobs. 64,000 jobs. december ends up being another dip, about 100,000 jobs lost. but then in january of this year, january of 2010, the economy gains another 14,000 jobs. those jobs ultimately lost again in february, which brings us to the news today. the latest job numbers for the month of march. and at this point, kent, i'm going to have to take it from here, i'm sorry because this is very exciting. this is the part that i get to
do. yeah! >> woo-hoo! >> thank you very much. in the month of march, 162,000 jobs were added to the u.s. economy. that's the way i interact with the map. that marks the biggest one-month increase in jobs in three years. now, look. the economy is clearly still struggling. we've still got a long way to go for all the jobs lost over the last years. but when you look at where we were, when you look at the left hip of the bikini graph, when you realize we were losing about 700,000 jobs each month, this is a step in the right direction, right? >> the tough measures that we took, measures that were necessary, even though sometimes they were unpopular, have broken this slide and are helping us to climb out of this recession. we've now added an average of more than 50,000 jobs each month over the first quarter of this year. and this month's increase of
162,000 jobs was the best news we've seen on the job front in more than two years. >> left, right or center, you've got to admit, this is good news, right? you see the numbers turn around like this? oh, no, of course you don't have to admit that. less than five minutes after the jobs numbers were released today, the number two republican in the house, eric cantor, released a statement that said, quote, americans deserve far more than the up and down roller coaster like unemployment reports of the last few months. dude, have you seen the bikini graph? i mean, it's -- the roller coaster is sort of heading in a positive direction, if you look at the big -- right towards the right hip and beyond? i mean, it's like a bikini with a garnish at this point. this may not help republicans get elected if they're counting on voter anger about the direction of the economy. but you've got to admit the way things are going is good news about the country.
house minority leader john boehner offered a similarly action, what he said is a near 10% unemployment rate is completely unacceptable. america's employers are taking a pummeling from washington democrats, job-killing agenda. you know, as opposed to the bush administration's job creating agenda, right? which shed more than 3.6 million jobs in 2008. the number of jobs created or lost each month is an empirical thing, it's a knowable fact. and when you look at the trend of what's happened in this country over the last year when it comes to jobs it is pretty hard to come to a conclusion other than, things are getting slightly better. it's a slow process to be sure, and an unsteady one, but things are getting better. that's just a fact. and it's something that every american should be encouraged by. everyone. even the ones running for office. joining us now is ezra klein, staff writer for "the washington post," mr. klein, thanks very much for joining us tonight. i appreciate it.
>> good evening. >> clearly we here at the show love the bikini graph too much. >> i don't see it. >> you don't see the bikini part? >> i don't see the bikini part. i've looked at this graph many times, i've been trying to figure it out all day. i don't see the bikini. >> i don't see it either. i'm with you. the unemployment rate, john boehner's right when he says the unemployment rate is unacceptable, it still absolutely stinks. but in the big picture of what we can say about jobs in this country, we are getting good news, aren't we? >> absolutely. it's 162,000 jobs created. at one point, the unemployment rate may go up in the next couple of months. the way we calculate that are people seeking jobs and can't find them. what happens in a long recession and we've had a long recession now is people stop, they get discouraged, they get turned down from two dozen applications and they just stop. when they come back in and say my neighbor just got a job, maybe i'll try again, they go
into the unemployment rate again. you'll see the unemployment rate tick up because people are rejoining the economy after sitting it out in discouragement. >> in terms of the best ways to watch how we come out of the recession and how we recover, obviously economic growth is one of the big growth measures, job creation and job loss is one of the big growth measures. what do you look for? >> actually, the size of not the unemployment rate but the labor force, how big the labor force is and it tends to show you -- whether or not people think this is a good enough economy that they can actually get a job. the other is consumer sentiment, whether consumers feel this is a good economy to buy in. so there are a lot of different measures. you can look at the stock market, thousand i think that's disconnected from main street now in a way that begins to get a little bit worrisome. but one thing we should make clear is the issue of how got economy is doing is not a washington issue.
it's not something you can message around really easily. democrats can't tell you the economy is good if you've got 10% unemployment come november, and republicans can't tell you it's really bad if your neighbors are getting a job and you're seeing the unemployment numbers go down. so this will be won out by how good the economy is in november. it's not going to be about eric cantor's press releases. >> it is common wisdom and one piece of common wisdom that i agree with that the most important thing that's going to drive the election in november or any election is the unemployment rate, how people are feeling about the economy at that time. democrats definitely know that. it's not something that's a foreign concept to people in washington. as the governing party with big ma joerpts right now, what are the democrats going to try to do between now and november to keep being seen to be making progress on the economy and on jobs specifically? >> well, what you're going to be seeing out of the senate in particular, aside from showing the bikini graph a lot, what you're going to be seeing out. senate in particular is back in december, the house of
representatives passed $154 billion job bill. the senate took that and instead of passing the same one, they couldn't get that through, they broke it into pieces. so week by week by week by week they're putting through more of these jobs bills. the first one had unemployment insurance in it, or maybe the first one had business tax credits and the seconds had unemployment insurance and they're getting republicans on them, scott brown included. these folks are looking at jobs bills and saying i can't vote to filibuster that. you're breaking the filibusters and getting them through. they're going to have massive legislation going right through to november. that is going to create a second layer of this story. you'll have these stories around the jobs numbers. but in addition, the sense that the job situation is getting better, people are also going to see democrats passing this legislation. state and local aid, investment in infrastructure and that will go on for months now. it will be the way they push this message. they'll be creating jobs next year, but it will further the sense that democrats are really on top of their game on this
one. >> it was one of those -- it was going to go down as one of those washington mysteries. why is it that harry reid has decided not to keep pursuing this giant jobs bill that might have had some bipartisan support? why is he being critical of that? it seems clear now that it's because he had this other strategy in mind, to do it piece by piece so they can be seen to consistently work on it and get republican votes every step of the way. >> that was a big part testify and the other piece was i don't think they had the votes for the whole thing. >> ezra klein, thanks for spending some of your friday night with us. >> nowhere i'd rather be. >> now that's a lie. all right. the republican national committee was recently embarrassed for dropping nearly $2,000 at a naked lady club in west hollywood. now the republican national committee also having to explain how they spent $700 on office supplies when, by the phrase office supplies they meant stuff you can buy at a liquor store.
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her family. then, the bondage-themed naked lady bar in west hollywood. now the republican national committee is apparently caught for spending its donors money in high fashion boutiques, liquor stores and on fishing tackle. alternate.org has looked at the recent filings with the election commission and found the committee spend $3800 at fugates in florida on something they listed as office supplies. they sell clothing. the rnc also paid for $423 worth of meals at bendle in manhattan, except they don't have a restaurant, it's a high-fashion boutique. then there's the nearly $300 spent on meals at something called boca grande outfitters. it's a store that doesn't sell food, unless you're a fish. and the $982 spent on office supplies from boyden valley
winery, it went to a winery, that, like most wineries, doesn't sell office supplies. office providing office supplies, over $700 worth, is a nice place called congressional liquors. it's a booze and sandwich shop in washington, d.c. now, while the republican party may be having a hard time justifying its expenses to its donors, who are presumably giving them money for things other than bondage-themed nightclubs, fishing tackle, high-fashion shopping and booze, the rnc, for all the scandal, is starting to seem like kind of a fun place to work, isn't it? joining us now is melissa harris lacewell, professor of political science and african-american studies at princeton university. thank you so much for joining us. >> absolutely. glad to be here. >> now, you publicly lamented online this week that i had not yet had you on the show to talk about michael steele and
bondagegate. so here's your chance. how important is this for michael steele's career? >> i was just so excited when i got the call today. i was like oh, yes because we've had many good michael steele moments together, from the hip-hop moment to, you know, why they picked an african-american leader at the moment that barack obama was elected to the u.s. presidency. but this one was particularly juicy. and then tonight when i got the call and had an opportunity to look over the article about how money is being spent in the rnc, we just keep seeing this kind of clear distinction between, on the one hand, a social movement describing itself in the context of the tea party, as a movement concerned about fiscal responsibility, that is saying the problem in our government is people who spend money irresponsibly and without concern for really moving our nation forward, and on the other hand, the party with which this tea party social movement is aligned, doing things like
spending its money on entertainment and liquor and high fashion. and i think that particular sort of rub up against -- on the one hand the rhetoric and on the other hand the behavior is precisely the sort of thing that ought to produce anxiety for us. >> well, it's -- clearly democrats and liberals are laughing at the rnc at this, and a lot of speculation is what it means for michael steele as rnc leader. what you're getting at is a more fundamental issue, which is, are republicans going to have trouble on their right flank from this? are the right-wing populist protesters on the street the rnc has been courting so much going to care about this? or are they going to see this as irrelevant, as not their issue? >> well, listen, i am no michael steele defender, not at all. and yet before i could know whether or not michael steele is personally responsible, whether or not the buck should stop with him, i want to see the bikini graph for gop spending.
in other words, whether or not this is an increased expenditure on liquor and fine fashion, or whether or not they have intact cut back on their licker and fi. >> judge and office office supplies, we can't really know about information. let's seat graph on rnc spending. if in fact there has been an increase in this boondoggle spending, that is clearly the responsibility of michael steele. on the other hand, sort of what we know is that this kind of -- you know, what should seem like scandals that will get people really moving against one party and towards another, instead what they tend to do for citizens is make citizens feel like all politicians are dirty, that all politics is dirty, and that no one can be trusted. think how difficult it is right now in the context of a recession for people to contribute to a political party. and then to feel like that political party is spending its money in way that's are irresponsible makes people just want to opt out of the process altogether. and although there may be progressives who would be perfectly happy if the right
just opted out of politics, that's not really what we want. we don't want to create anxiety about whether or not we can be trusted as a government. and so this is really bad for kind of our democratic system, regardless of whether or not it's bad for michael steele personally. >> when republicans tried to push back against this this week they released a list of dnc spending, look, they spend money on awful things too. and the most damming thing on the dnc list is the dnc held a fund razor at a bowling alley. the scandal's really a one-sided problem here. >> yeah, i'm not going to go out on a limb and say that democrats don't spend money on liquor and entertainment. i mean, maybe we don't. but i'm just going to hold my professional career back on putting that one on the line. in fact, look.
you know, i live half my life in new jersey and half of it in louisiana, and i'm pretty sure that probably most state legislators in both places were elected with a great deal of liquor and fly fishing. >> fly fishing tackle. i hear you. we'll line up those expenditure reportla reports and we will not hold you accountable for them. a very good sport, have a great weekend, melissa. thank you. >> thanks. okay. hype meets reality as the embarrassing, very neat ipad drops. here with the slick and not at all gritty, nitty gritty on the ipad next. great. come on in. would you like to see our new police department? yeah, all right. this way. and here it is. completely networked. so, anything happening, suz?
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i am struggling between two warring impulses. first is to give the old high hat to all the hype over whatever the latest hot gadget is on whichever day it is, you know, oh, the apple ipad comes out tomorrow, the too cool stuff, the ipad will change the way we experience tv, videos, blah, blah, blah. the other impulse is, oh, my god, you guys, the apple ipad comes out tomorrow, i would like to get my hands on one please, push the button and touch the screen and it's going to change the way we experience books and tvs and videos.
i'm having both experiences at once inside my head right now. one is about to win. even though the ipad cams out tomorrow, apple sent a few out to reviewers in advance. they are the ones apple lovers and haters want to hear from. one of those influencers is our friend xeni jardin, coed ter of boingboing.net. i can tell you how her review starts? she says, it strikes you when you first touch an ipad, the form just feels good. not too lightweight, it's sent wall, it's tactile. flick the switch and the novemberty hits. just like the palm pre and android phones scratched an inch we didn't know we had. the ipad hits a completely new pleasure spot. eek. joining us now, xeni jardin. thank you so much for joining us. this is very cool. >> hi, rachel.
>> since you wrote the review. >> happy ipad's eve. >> thank you very much. since you wrote the review, do you still really dig it? are you still in love with it? >> you know, gadget reviewers, we pride ourselves on how crusty and skeptical and jaded we can be when a new product rolls out, but it's really hard to maintain that with a product that is as graceful and well designed as this one is. you know, it's hard to describe exactly what's so different about it, and maybe the best way to do it is just to show you. one of my favorite apps is the periodic table of elements. this is a lot more exciting than anything i ever remember on paper, right? zoom in to an element and then here we are. >> whoa. >> and you can sort of move things around, right? these guys also sell 3-d glasses so you can look at these items in 3-d. this makes information come alive in a new way. and one of the things that
technology developers always say is, when the operating system gelts out of the way, when the experience of a computing device is so seamless that you're not aware of the operating system, all you're aware of is the information or the experience, or the enrichment that you're after, that's when you know you have really sweet design, and that's what this is. >> well, looking at the online reaction today, there seems to be sort of two broad camps. most people talking about it online haven't been able to handle one the way you have. but it seems like there are people who are saying that this isn't enough computer to justify the hype. and there are gadget people than computer people and they say this is the ultimate gadget. are there meaningful distinction between gadget and computer anymore? is that an important way to think about it? >> this is not a laptop. it's not a phone. this occupies a new niche. and anyone that tells you
exactly how this is going to change things or exactly how people are going to use that is lying. because we don't know. they're not out there yet. they're not out in the wild and we don't know how people will adopt them. but i can tell you that, having fooled around with this for, you know, a week, week and a half, this occupied a space for me that involved sort of consuming it, experiencing media and sort of like sharing of media with friends, with family, you know, looking at blogs, reading books on ibooks or the marvel come ic app, then chatting about it. i don't know that i would bang out a whole bunch of posts on boingboing on this. maybe i would with the keyboard that's available separately. but something you might lounge around on your couch with, watch a video, watch some television, play some games with friends or
family, and kind of move around seamlessly between those experiences that used to -- that used to reside on separate devices. that's what's amazing to me, this sort of blurs the division between games and books, between websites, between search applications. all of those things can merge in new and interesting ways that only the app developers know. and those apps are going to go live tomorrow. i think 1,000 or so are ready for ipad upon launch. but there's going to be a total gold rush of application development. and i'm really excited about what that's going to mean. >> can you ask you about the -- i don't know if it's the astronomy app or the star app, this is one you're very excited about. >> yeah. so just as we were waiting to go live here with you, apparently the new addition of star walk for ipad went live. i'm still just getting used to
it. but the idea here, this is sort of like a living telescope that is aware of where you are in space. so there's an excel rom ter inside, and this is location aware. so here i am, looking in the sky, and this isn't just, you know, recorded information or like a film that's playing back, i'm looking in this direction, and there is ursa minor. there's hercules. there's the aurora borealis, right? my grandfather was an astronomer. i wish he were alive to see this kind of magic. yes, this app is available on iphone, and yes, applications like this will be on devices that follow. but this is what we have right now. this is the best hint at what the future holds in terms of computers where you don't have to have an engineering degree to understand them. you don't have to drag things around with mouses and folders and learn shortcuts and think about the process of computing. this will be something that opens up a whole new world for
children, for older people, and for everybody in between. where you can just get at that experience and the computing kind of gets out of the way. and i'm also really interested in what will happen with all the competitors to apple that will follow. there's a lot of buzz about some company that's are readying other devices similar to ipad. competition is going to be good. and competition will open up new forms of magic. that's what technology is, when it's at its best. >> i am having the competition in my head right now, like i don't want to hype it, but i'm so hyped about it i can barely control myself. that is so cool. >> get your hands on it, maybe you'll -- >> i'll mug somebody some time and take theirs. i know it will happen. xeni jardin is coed ter for one of the reasons the web exists. boingboing, it's a pleasure to have you here. thank you so much. >> it's a pleasure.
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offices this week? they shut all the offices down this week, the same week that the california attorney general release his assessment of what really happened in the supposed a.c.o.r.n. pimp video scandal that ultimately brought the group down. fox news trumpeted this video from mr. o'keefe who dressed up as a version of a pimp. he went into different a.c.o.r.n. offices and convinced workers to give him advice on handling the finances of his prostitution business. mr. yo'keefe personally and his expose were promoted heavily, heavily, heavily on the conservative fox news channel t might have been a tip-off early on when he refused to release unedited versions of what he actually taped in those a.c.o.r.n. offices. what fox and o'keefe decided to show was damming. him in the pimp costume, how
outrageous. how could these people not have known he was a bad guy. those a.c.o.r.n. people must be used to seeing guys like this all the time. and then they actually offered to help him with this illegal thing he was doing. it's outrageous. damming, right? arnold schwarzenegger pounced on the a.c.o.r.n. issue, as if it was a real threat to the republic. on the fact that some of the a.c.o.r.n. offices where the filming took place were in california, schwarzenegger asked attorney general brown to investigate. mr. brown did investigate. he actually got ahold of the unedited o'keefe tapes, the raw footage before it was cut down to make the point that he and his patrons and fox news wanted to make. and when you look at that footage, lo and behold, it is described as severely edited, and says that the unedited
videotapes show things are not always as partisan as zealots portray them through highly selective editing of reality. things like an a.c.o.r.n. staffer calling the cops on mr. o'keefe and the fact that mr. o'keefe didn't go into the a.c.o.r.n. offices dressed as a pimp. at the beginning and end of the internet videos, mr. o'keefe was dressed as a 1970s superfly pimp. but in his sessions with a.c.o.r.n. workers, he was dressed in a shirt and tie. he never claimed he was a pimp. so the whole premise on the attack of a.c.o.r.n. was false. this guy dressed up as a pimp, they gave him straight up advice like that was normal. actually no, he was dressed up like a law student and they called the cops on him. oh, well, no harm, no foul, right? no. the original storm of publicity created by the videotapes was instrumental in a.c.o.r.n. as
sudden tourniquet on its funding and the organization's ee vant well collapse. so it's gone. it was bogus. bullpucky. you know what else was bullpucky? climategate, promoted on fox news channel, that british scientists who provided evidence that climate change was real had been caught making up the data. >> a lot of people are changing their minds about the theory of man-made global warming on the heels of a major scientific scandal concerning researchers and their behavior. >> the leaked e-mail scandal known by some who actually read papers that report the truth climategate. >> continuing fallout from climategate, is it about to save america's economy? hacked e-mails from scientists preaching global warming found to be full of hot air. >> the climate change e-mails
uncovered at the university of east age glee ya. >> one of the things on climate change and climate gate will get out to the general public, we don't know. >> thank god we have fox. i don't mean to rain on all their excitement here, but it turns out climategate is todayal bullpucky as well. the british house of commons investigated and found no one misrepresented data. nobody lied. nothing about the supposed bombshell climategate scandal, questions the consensus that it is happening, it is induced by human activity. so which did you hear more about, that climate change deniers uncovered some huge data being faked? or uninterested parties looked into the supposed scandal, they found no one was faking anything. did you hear more about a.c.o.r.n. giving prostitution
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they are faking outrage over terrorism suspects being read their mir ran da rights. they had no problems when it was done by the previous administration. same with the republican outrage over civilian trials. if you weren't outraged with the shoe bomber getting a civilian trial. republicans are faking their outrage over the stimulus. you can tell. when they go to home districts, it's working great. their washington outrage over the stimulus bill is bull. the anti-a.c.o.r.n. was bull. repealing health reform is bull. the death panels, bull. the president's secretly foreign and doesn't have a birth certificate. bull. threats to end the second amendment. bull. thousands of armed irs agents are going to enforce health
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forget the "uss nicholas" the last somali pirate we took into custody last year is on trial in new york. others were sent to kenya to face trial. even though they are from somalia, they can't be sent there for trial. last night, when we were talking about the "uss nicholas" i said while they are at sea, the pirates would remain in custody on the boat. they would remain in boat jail. that's right, i said boat jail. it's better than where the bad guys are kept on the navy ship. according to, what appears to everyone, it's called the brig. people e-mailed us and yelled at me on the street and basically had a good time making fun of me
for saying boat jail. so, we looked into it. i have the english dictionary. ready? okay. brig, one, a two masted square rigged ship, typically having an adagsal lower fore and aft sail on the gaffe and a book on the main mast. looks like the origin is an abbreviation for brigantine. three, see boat jail. maybe we weren't wrong. just to be sure, we dispatched the crack "rachel maddow show" naval research team, emphasis on crack to ask the experts whether it's brig or boat jail. here is what we found. >> boat jail. >> i'll take naval for 400 alex. >> boat jail.
it's a boat jail. >> i was in a movie called boat jail with charlie sheen. >> boat jail. it's the worst two years of my life. >> brig. it's a boat jail. >> what is boat jail. >> boat jail! >> experts. impericle evidence. brig is the technical term, the "rachel maddow show" is going to stick with our experts and stick with boat jail, forever. no matter what anybody else says. that does it for us tonight. see you back here on monday. until then, e-mail us. we actually read your e-mails. hang out with us at our blog. you will find stuff there we can't put on tv. we have story ideas, we even break news there. it's cool. you can also listen to the podcast at itunes.
we hope you have a very, very good weekend. good night. a small village in austria. a house sits on a quiet residential street. what lurks beneath is a specially built cellar prison for a young, 18-year-old woman. elisabeth fritzl was imprisoned and raped and there she remained for 24 years. it was the longest night. >> 30 years as a prosecutor i think i've seen everything. i've never seen anything like the fritzl case. >> in that sunless, airless space, elisabeth fritzl gave birth to seven children. her tormenter? her own father. >> translator: intelligent, a strategist, an almost perfect criminal of the worst kind. >> for more than two decades, josef fritzl fooled everyone who knew him. >> nobody, nobody on the street
noticed anything at all. >> until a few months ago when his cellar disgorged its dark and unspeakable secret. >> you couldn't write this in a novel. >> fritzl's evil quickly became a worldwide story. how did he do what he did? and, most importantly, how could he? >> april 19th, saturday morning in a small austrian village 70 miles from vienna. at 7:00 a.m., a call comes in to 911.